At iCLAW we refuse to settle for the status quo and small-minded thinking. We believe that law firms have the potential to make a bigger difference for their clients and employees in helping them realise their dreams and aspirations.
Starting from Saturday, December 23, 2023, employers in New Zealand can hire new employees for a trial period of up to 90 calendar days.
Employers have been seeking to enforce restraints against ex-employees and Employees have been seeking advice as to whether the restraint of trade in their employment agreement is enforceable.
A feature of a successful M&A transaction is in the set-up. Abraham Lincoln said that if he had 24 hours to cut down a tree, he would spend the first 23 sharpening his axe. In the world of M&A, sharpening an axe looks like preparing the business for sale.
Are you in the midst of a dispute, and dread the possibility of having to endure the traditional court system? Luckily, several other options are available to save you time, stress, and money.
As exciting as this new journey is, it is crucial to take a moment and consider the legal aspects of your relationship and what is available to you to safe-guard yourself and the assets you have accumulated prior to the relationship.
The Resale Right for Visual Artists Bill aims to create an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme, where visual artists receive a percentage of the resale value each time their art is resold.
Cuffing season has come to an end, and the spring surge in separations and divorces has begun.
The Supreme Court's decision highlights the liability directors may face if they trade while insolvent or enter into contracts without reasonable grounds to believe they can be fulfilled.
iCLAW advises that if you think you need a Will, you probably also need to have EPOAs
iCLAW recommends that townhouses with shared walls all be insured by the same insurance company.
The Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Act 2023 became law on 13 June 2023, giving employees more time to raise Personal Grievances if they involve allegations of sexual harassment.
On 6 April 2023, the Crimes (Theft by Employer) Amendment Bill 2023 was produced from the ballot in Parliament. This new Bill is proposing to criminalise employers who intentionally fail to make payment of employee entitlements.
iCLAW is delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners - Seb Bucher and David Gubb, both operating from our Mount Maunganui Office: iCLAW | The Mount Lawyers.
We are excited to announce that on 1 April 2023, iCLAW welcomed Karin Thomas Lawyers into the iCLAW family of law firms.
Associate Olivia Day and Managing Partner Aasha Foley take you through a quick guide to the process of restructuring a business in 2023
Big changes for incorporated societies took place at the end of 2022! Are you part of an incorporated society? Solicitor Sharnae Aben and Associate Isaac Whatnall have written a quick guide to how these societies are changing.
Do you need clarification about Kiwisaver? Want to know how can you withdraw it for your first home? This quick guide by iCLAW Senior Solicitors Jamelle Keatley and Gemma Martin will ensure you easily understand the whole process.
With Christmas creeping up quickly, you might feel pressured to get that shopping sorted. Deck the halls and prevent a festive fail by knowing your Top 3 rights under the CGA!
Four Uber drivers were declared employees, rather than contractors, during a recent case. Was this a ground-breaking decision, and will it impact employment law going forward?
The Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) Bill has passed into law, coming into effect on 1 December 2022 – but what does this mean, and how does it impact yourself or your business?
Good news for young families, the Kiwibuild programme may have finally caught up with reality.
You’re looking to buy some land and build the home of your dreams… but what does it mean if there is a covenant on the land?
When was the last time you reviewed your business’s Ts and Cs? If your answer is never, what’s that, or last year, your business nous isn’t as sharp as you might think. She’ll be right… right? Well, she probably isn’t.
Anyone entering into a building contract needs to keep three things front of mind - cost, time and quality.
With Mother’s Day happening this weekend, Aasha Foley, who currently is on maternity leave, weighs in with an honest reflection on the reality of juggling life as a mum and as managing partner of one of Hamilton’s fastest-growing law firms.
We sat down with Sam Douglas, iCLAW partner, to find out why a law firm would go so far with an April Fool’s joke (aren’t we supposed to be serious lawyers?).
Do epic sh*t probably sounds like a tagline for Redbull. But we reckon it applies to us at iCLAW too.
Love or hate her, Taylor has held constant attention in pop culture from 2006 at the age of sixteen when she burst into mainstream radio. So, what’s the deal with the new recordings?
Inflation is THE topic of the minute. After many years of trundling along, it has caught up to us. Human beings are not built for unstable environments, as the recent queues at gas stations demonstrated.
Like many, we have been watching the current situation in Ukraine in horror. International law is murky at the best of times, but we’ve answered some of the big questions about the legality of war.
Businesses have some tough decisions to make right now – if they haven’t had to make them already. iCLAW Partner, Owen Culliney, put pen to paper to discuss those tough decisions and what lies on the other side.
Potential first home buyers were left outraged last year when the Government enacted stricter requirements for the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act. But change is on the way!
Wondering what our team reads/listens to/watches in their spare time? We’ve made a list of our 2021/2022 summer plans right here, just for you.
The RMA has recently been amended to include some welcome changes to help make property development and house building a bit easier for all. But there’s one thing that might stop the process, and that thing is a land covenant.
The Government can’t stop you from making a dumb decision as a company director, but this new Bill might help inform your decisions for the future.
Here’s some ‘need-to-knows’ on what you as an employer can and can’t do when it comes to vaccines in the workplace.
How can first home buyers get on the ladder? A new Government scheme in partnership with Kainga Ora might just be the ticket. Here’s what you need to know about the First Home Partner scheme.
As there is no handbook on ‘how to deal with leasing commercial property in a pandemic’, tenants, landlords and lawyers alike have been left to navigate a new territory of commercial property law that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have not heard about Ms Spears’ battle with her dad and a veritable litany of litigators, then you’ve been under a rock. Those non-rock dwellers will no doubt have wondered what on earth a conservatorship is and whether it could happen in Aotearoa.
If you’re an employer, sole trader, or an employee of a business, you might not be sure of what this means for you or what you’re eligible for. We’ve broken down the ‘need-to-knows’ for you below.
Owning a business can be difficult at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Thankfully, the New Zealand Government has provided some financial support to help our country get through.
From July 2021, all new builds in Hamilton CBD above six storeys will qualify for a 100% remission on development contribution fees in a bid to encourage developers to transform the CBD and address the accommodation shortage.
When iCLAW client The Du Val Group approached the firm’s directors Aasha Foley and Owen Culliney about regentrifying existing land, it was an opportunity to help improve an area notorious for housing issues.
Are you part of a local sports club, social club, or community group? Groups from golf to pottery could be impacted under the updated incorporated societies bill currently before parliament.
iCLAW Managing Partner, Aasha Foley, shares her thoughts on a discussion that seems to be everywhere now.
In November 2019, iCLAW set an ambitious goal: to settle $62 million worth of property transactions, an entire South Auckland apartment development, in just one day.
If your business is facing a reduction in income due to a recent alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP - check out this article to learn more.
It’s becoming more and more common to see CCTV systems in the everyday business, workplace and even household. However, security cameras in the workplace can be a tricky thing due to rules set by the Privacy Act, which we talk about in this article.
To protect key New Zealand business assets from unnecessarily falling into foreign ownership while the economy recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has changed parts of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (the Act).
Being a trustee can be tricky, and all trustees need to be aware of their rights and obligations when acting as trustee. Check out this case for more reasons why.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of us and business owners are some of those who are facing a particularly tough and worrying time. However, there is some good news.
Check out our interactive map that shows how each country approaches the pandemic.
Next week, the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 will come to an end and the usual rules of the RTA will apply again.
Changes are on the way to help commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
As of 12 May, the government has offered interest-free loans to small and medium businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.
The Government has recently announced a number of proposed changes to the Companies Act 1993 to better protect New Zealand businesses during the pandemic.
The Government has today made temporary changes to the Wills Act 2007 to allow Wills to be signed and witnessed via video conference, while the COVID-19 epidemic notice remains in force.
We’ve compiled a list of things that we think business-owners should do to take advantage of this time so as to come out better on the other side.
Earlier today the Government announced that it will shortly introduce law to provide minor relief to commercial landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 lockdown, however the changes don’t go as far as many had hoped.
Even while lockdown occurs, the need to hold meetings to discuss significant affairs is still just as important as ever. But what do these meetings look like during COVID times?
COVID-19 has put New Zealand (and the world) in a position, unlike any other. The government has laws and systems in place for an event such as this. Here’s a reassuring summary of the ways in which the law is here to help.
There are a lot of online tools that make communication easy. We decided to run our own comparison of the platforms (our opinions only) and pick a winner.
The Government has clarified perceived ‘grey areas’ in the Residential Tenancy legislation bringing into force amendments of national importance, in an attempt to protect the most vulnerable throughout this lockdown period.
What's been happening in the USA and the UK? We've summarized it in this post.
You all know the background to this stuff. We won’t bore you with how we got here or what here is. You’re living it every day. We are too and what is laid out in this blog is stuff that as a business we have had to contend with.
We’ve heard a lot of people with a lot of different ideas about what happens to sales, purchases and other transaction while New Zealand remains in lockdown – and we want to clear the air.
Renting your business premises? If you have a modern lease your rent should be reduced during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
FPA stands for Fair Pay Agreement. Over the past few decades, New Zealand’s productivity growth has been poor - but that's where FPA's step in.
If you’ve watched the news as of late, you are bound to have seen stories about Brexit. ‘Brexit Day’ is here and with Britain’s exit from the EU comes new laws and unnavigated territory.
The Employment Relations Act 2000 governs the relationship between employer and employee. The Labour government sought last year to make changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 through the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018.
As a kiwi born to immigrants, I have always had an eye on the world, but looking at the world is not sufficient. I want to help my clients conquer it.
Did you know that the act of keeping an unnecessarily overpaid wage is theft?
Scenario: You’re buying a shiny new top-of-the-range television with a two-year warranty. The salesperson asks if you would like an extended five-year warranty for only $249.95 extra. Sounds sensible, right?
The death of a loved one can be traumatic. Feelings of grief can be compounded when the Will is read and someone who was close to the deceased feels that they have been ‘left out’.
With Summer in full swing, it is time to talk about a Kiwi summer staple - the pool.
Have you ever driven yourself to the pub for a few drinks (and a few laughs) with some friends, and then after a few hours, you suddenly find yourself too...
On the 22nd of August 2018, the OIA introduced some changes to the act, which includes a restriction on foreign...